Book description
Want to calculate the probability that an event will happen? Be able to spot fake data? Prove beyond doubt whether one thing causes another? Or learn to be a better gambler? You can do that and much more with 75 practical and fun hacks packed into Statistics Hacks. These cool tips, tricks, and mindboggling solutions from the world of statistics, measurement, and research methods will not only amaze and entertain you, but will give you an advantage in several realworld situationsincluding business.
This book is ideal for anyone who likes puzzles, brainteasers, games, gambling, magic tricks, and those who want to apply math and science to everyday circumstances. Several hacks in the first chapter alonesuch as the "central limit theorem,", which allows you to know everything by knowing just a littleserve as sound approaches for marketing and other business objectives. Using the tools of inferential statistics, you can understand the way probability works, discover relationships, predict events with uncanny accuracy, and even make a little money with a wellplaced wager here and there.
Statistics Hacks presents useful techniques from statistics, educational and psychological measurement, and experimental research to help you solve a variety of problems in business, games, and life. You'll learn how to:
 Play smart when you play Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, roulette, dice games, or even the lottery
 Design your own winnable bar bets to make money and amaze your friends
 Predict the outcomes of baseball games, know when to "go for two" in football, and anticipate the winners of other sporting events with surprising accuracy
 Demystify amazing coincidences and distinguish the truly random from the only seemingly randomeven keep your iPod's "random" shuffle honest
 Spot fraudulent data, detect plagiarism, and break codes
 How to isolate the effects of observation on the thing observed
Whether you're a statistics enthusiast who does calculations in your sleep or a civilian who is entertained by clever solutions to interesting problems, Statistics Hacks has tools to give you an edge over the world's slim odds.
Publisher resources
Table of contents
 Credits
 Preface
 1. The Basics

2. Discovering Relationships
 11. Discover Relationships
 12. Graph Relationships
 13. Use One Variable to Predict Another
 14. Use More Than One Variable to Predict Another
 15. Identify Unexpected Outcomes
 16. Identify Unexpected Relationships
 17. Compare Two Groups
 18. Find Out Just How Wrong You Really Are
 19. Sample Fairly
 20. Sample with a Touch of Scotch
 21. Choose the Honest Average
 22. Avoid the Axis of Evil

3. Measuring the World
 23. See the Shape of Everything
 24. Produce Percentiles
 25. Predict the Future with the Normal Curve
 26. Give Raw Scores a Makeover
 27. Standardize Scores
 28. Ask the Right Questions
 29. Test Fairly
 30. Improve Your Test Score While Watching Paint Dry
 31. Establish Reliability
 32. Establish Validity
 33. Predict the Length of a Lifetime
 34. Make Wise Medical Decisions

4. Beating the Odds
 35. Gamble Smart
 36. Know When to Hold ‘Em
 37. Know When to Fold ‘Em
 38. Know When to Walk Away
 39. Lose Slowly at Roulette
 40. Play in the Black in Blackjack
 41. Play Smart When You Play the Lottery
 42. Play with Cards and Get Lucky
 43. Play with Dice and Get Lucky
 44. Sharpen Your CardSharping
 45. Amaze Your 23 Closest Friends
 46. Design Your Own Bar Bet
 47. Go Crazy with Wild Cards
 48. Never Trust an Honest Coin
 49. Know Your Limit

5. Playing Games
 50. Avoid the Zonk
 51. Pass Go, Collect $200, Win the Game
 52. Use Random Selection as Artificial Intelligence
 53. Do Card Tricks Through the Mail
 54. Check Your iPod’s Honesty
 55. Predict the Game Winners
 56. Predict the Outcome of a Baseball Game
 57. Plot Histograms in Excel
 58. Go for Two
 59. Rank with the Best of Them
 60. Estimate Pi by Chance

6. Thinking Smart
 61. Outsmart Superman
 62. Demystify Amazing Coincidences
 63. Sense the Real Randomness of Life
 64. Spot Faked Data
 65. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
 66. Play a Tune on Pascal’s Triangle
 67. Control Random Thoughts
 68. Search for ESP
 69. Cure Conjunctionitus
 70. Break Codes with Etaoin Shrdlu
 71. Discover a New Species
 72. Feel Connected
 73. Learn to Ride a Votercycle
 74. Live Life in the Fast Lane (You’re Already In)
 75. Seek Out New Life and New Civilizations
 Index
 About the Author
 Colophon
 Copyright
Product information
 Title: Statistics Hacks
 Author(s):
 Release date: May 2006
 Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
 ISBN: 9780596101640
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